Date: Friday, June 21 to Sunday, June 30
Where: Seward, Kenai, Homer, and Girdwood
Early Bird Price: $2395 (till April 5)
Base Price: Now-$2495(till May 11)
Last Minute: Now-$2595 (plus any additional airfare price increase!)
Put down a $500 deposit to reserve your spot!
All ground transportation
Night Hotel Accommodations
Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Glacier Lake Hike & Kayaking Day Trip
Water Taxi to Seldovia
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Exit Glacier Ice Hike Day Trip
Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center
Optional Activities: White Water Rafting class IV/V, Ice Climbing, Salmon Fishing, Arial Tours, Hiking, Canoeing, Horseback Riding, Wildlife Glacier Tours, Biking, and more
Alaska is amazingly different, with the tallest mountains, the largest area of national park-lands, the highest concentration of glaciers and the longest stretch of coastline in all the United States. Alaska is a place of magnificence, and an unforgettable experience. Join us this summer as we explore this beauty on land and on water!
Friday, June 21: Departure and Arrival
Our flight will leave in mid/late afternoon from NYC, arriving in
Anchorage in the evening. We will drive to Anchorage, arriving in the
Saturday, June 22: Homer
After breakfast, we will take our first scenic drive to Homer in the Kenai Peninsula. We'll arrive in the early afternoon in time to check into our hotel and have lunch. For the remaining afternoon, you can relax and enjoy this wonderful artisy and funky town of Homer. You can also get active and take in one of the many hiking trails just inside of town.
Homer is a funky enclave at the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. The town began as a fishing and mining outpost, but more recently, creative types have staked claims here as well. Homer's streets are packed with studios and galleries; its Pratt Museum showcases locally made wares and a rotating roster of marquee-name exhibits; and Pier One Theater shows community plays.
Sunday, June 23: Glacier Lake Hike and Kayaking
We will start our day early and to meet our guide for our full day of hiking and kayaking in Kachemak Bay State Park.
Our excursion will begin with a scenic 20-minute boat ride across beautiful Kachemak Bay, into the heart of Kachemak Bay State Park. Our fun and informative guided hike will take us through 3 district ecosystems; The coastal/marine environment, old-growth coastal forest, and glacial out wash plain. After arriving at the pristine glacier-carved lake, we continue our journey by kayak. Sounds of moving ice fill the valley as your stable kayak glides past magnificent icebergs of all sizes and shapes. We'll enjoy an included lunch in full view of the nearly mile-wide glacier face. After lunch, we'll paddle back to the trail head, hike out, and return to Homer by boat. Truly breathtaking, truly unforgettable.
There is no experience necessary for this trip! Includes 2-3 hours of hiking and 2-3 hours of kayaking.
Monday, June 24: Seldovia Or Open Day & Kenai
This will be our last day in Homer, so you can choose what you'd like to do or your can join the group to explore the town of Seldovia. Seldovia is only accessible by sea or air, so we will take a water taxi from Homer. The town is small, inhabits only 200 people. Take some time exploring the town by walking along the boardwalks, through the town or along the bluffs and be treated to spectacular views and historical charm. You can visit the St. Nicholas Church, still standing after a hundred years, or sip coffee and watch the boats come and go.
In the late afternoon, we'll drive to Kenai for our overnight.
Tuesday, June 25: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Skilak Lookout Hike
Today we will drive to our trail head which is in one of the most popular areas of Kenai Peninsula-Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Our hike is a moderate 5mile hike that covers a 700ft elevation gain, with a high point of 1,400ft. The view at the end of the trail is spectacular. Skilak Lake, the Kenai Mountains, and the lower portion of the Kenai River can be seen from here.
After our hike we'll drive around this area to catch some more stunning scenery and possibly spot some wildlife.
Wednesday, June 26: Exit Glacier Ice Hike & Seward
After breakfast, we will drive to the popular seaside town of Seward. Once we arrive, we will meet our guides who will be taking us on our Exit Glacier Ice Hike. We'll start on a well-maintained national park trail and proceed 1.6 miles up into the mountains. This portion of the trip takes about an hour to an hour and a half. During the hike, our knowledgeable guides identify many of the native plants and flowers and also use the landscape's unique features to explain basic glaciology. Quite frequently we see black bears, moose, and marmots along the way.
When we reach the ice, we put on our crampons, ice axes, and helmets. This gear lets us safely navigate the icy, undulating terrain of Exit Glacier on the tour. It also lets us confidently approach the crevasses, waterfalls, moulins, and ice-caves that we encounter while exploring.
This tour will start around 9am, and end at 2-2:30pm. After our hike, we will check into our hotel and have the remainder of the day to have lunch and enjoy the town of Seward.
Thursday, June 28: Open Activity Day in Seward
Today you will be able to choose your own activity. There are so many great things to choose from!
Kayaking, horseback riding, ice climbing, whale watching, fishing, wildlife cruise, or hiking are just some examples on how to spend your time.
Friday, June 28: Girdwood: White Water Rafting (class IV/V) OR Open Activity Day
This morning we will drive to the town of Girdwood for another day of full activities to choose from. This area is highly known for the best WWR in Alaska. The Six Mile Creek trip is a great way to get your adrenaline rush! There are two trip options, Two Canyons or Three Canyons. The Two Canyon trip is a solid III-IV whitewater trip. This route includes Canyon One and Canyon Two.
The Two Canyon trip is a solid class III-IV whitewater trip. This route includes Canyon One and Canyon Two. The Three Canyon Trip is the thriller! Canyon Three includes an additional 3.5 miles of river and has enough class IV and V rapids to make it Alaska's premier whitewater paddle-rafting trip.
If WWR isn't your cup of tea, Girdwood offers many other activities such as biking, snowmobiling, hiking, paragliding, flightseeing, sea kayaking, and Mt. Alyeska Tram.
Saturday, June 29: Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center/Anchorage/Departure
After a lazy morning, take in your last mountain view of Girdwood with some awesome coffee before packing up. In the early afternoon, we will drive to Anchorage and on the way visit the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center. If there was any wildlife you were not able to see on this trip, you will surely see it here.
AWCC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska's wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.
We will reach Anchorage in the early/mid afternoon. Once here, you will have time to explore downtown Anchorage. There are also wonderful bike paths you can explore on a rented bike if you'd like too. We will meet at a local restaurant in the evening for a group dinner and drinks, before heading to the airport for our late Saturday night flight, arriving to NYC in mid afternoon on Sunday.
San Juan Islands of Washington
Date: Wednesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 7
OR Tuesday pm, July 2 to Sunday, July 7
Where: Orca Island, San Juan Island, and Seattle
Early Bird Price: $995/$1095 (till April 12)
Base Price: $1095/$1195 (till June 1)
Last Minute: $1195/$1295 (if space is still available)
Put down a $200 deposit to reserve your spot!
2 night townhouse accommodations on Orca Island
2 night spa hotel accommodations on San Juan Island (heated pool & jacuzzi)
1 night hotel in Seattle (only on 7/2 departure)
Round-trip ferry ticket
All ground transportation to ferry and on islands
State park fees
Bike cruisers on San Juan Island
Optional Activities: Whale watching, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, horseback riding, biking, fishing, swimming, sailing, SUP, shopping, wine tasting, spa, and more!
Not Included: Airfare, airport transfer to Seattle and Optional Activities
Spend the July 4th weekend in one of the Pacific Northwest gems-"San Juan Islands of Washington".
Just over an hour north of Seattle are a staggering 172 islands, some
only visible during extreme low tide and well over 300 miles of
shoreline. We will visit Orca Island, know for the best views of all the islands on the peak of Mount Constitution, and San Juan Island known for their kayaking. The islands are famous for their resident pods of Orca Whales. There are also an abundance of harbor seals, river otters, sea lions, minke whales, porpoises, and other cetaceans. This trip is perfect for nature and outdoor enthusiasts!
Tuesday, July 2: Departure Evening
If you plan to arrive in Seattle in the evening, there are many flights leaving NYC at 6:00pm, arriving in Seattle at 10pm.
Transfer from the airport on your own and meet us in a downtown hotel. Enjoy a night out in Seattle as a group.
Wednesday, July 3: Departure Morning & Orca Island
If you plan to arrive on Wednesday, there are many flights leaving NYC at 8-9am arriving Seattle at 11am-12:30pm. If
you are already in Seattle, enjoy an afternoon exploring the city. We
will depart from a downtown hotel at 1:30/2pm to drive to the ferry for
the San Juan Islands. We will arrive on Orca Island
in the early evening and check into our hotel.
We will take a quick drive around the island, and after you will have the
remaining time to explore the area. Our hotel is
located within walking distance to all of the restaurants and bars. We'll be sure to watch the fireworks after our group dinner!
Thursday, July 4: Hike Mt Constitution & Open Day
After breakfast, we will make our way to Moran State Park to hike the 2,400ft Mt. Constitution. This is a 6-mile round-trip hike. On a clear day you can see Mount Rainer, Mount Baker, the Cascade mountain range, and the Olympic mountain range on the Olympic Peninsula-the views are amazing. If you choose not to hike up, a drive to the top to see the views will be given at a later date. We will pack a lunch to enjoy at the top of Mount Constitution.
For the remaining of the day, you can choose to go swimming after the hike at the Lake in Moran State Park, or take in an optional activity. We will meet in the evening for a group dinner and see more fireworks!
Friday, July 5: Optional Day and Depart to San Juan Island
Enjoy this day at leisure until we depart for the ferry at 1-2:00pm. Enjoy a couple of hours kayaking, horseback riding, sailing, or just walking around town in all of the quaint shops. In the early afternoon, we will pack our van for the ferry to San Juan Island. Once we arrive here, we will check into our Spa Hotel.
After we are checked in, we will take a quick drive around the island. When we return, this will be a good time to sign up for any activities you may want to do on Saturday. Whale watching is well known, as well as kayaking. Our Spa Hotel is located within walking distance to all of the restaurants and bars.
Saturday, July 6: Optional Day-whale watching, horseback riding, zip-lining, biking, kayaking....!
This may be a very tough decision since there are so many fun things to do on San Juan Island. Sign up for a tour, or go on your own-but whatever you decide, you will enjoy! San Juan island is a hidden gem of an island.
On San Juan Island, you will discover something new around every bend in the road-and alpaca ranch, a sweeping valley dotted with cows or sheep, the terraces of a lavender farm, vineyards with a tasting room in a historic schoolhouse, deep forest, a pod of orca whales, and two iconic lighthouses. Beauty, variety, serenity...it's all here!
In the evening we'll have a group dinner and drinks in town.
Sunday, July 7: Pike Place Market in Seattle & Departure
After we check out of our hotel, we will take a late morning/early afternoon ferry back to the mainland. We will drive to Seattle and have time in the afternoon (unless you have an afternoon flight) to have lunch and browse at Pike Place Market. If you are looking to spend as much time in Seattle as possible, its reccommended to take an overnight flight from Seattle to NYC leaving around 9pm, and arriving NYC around 6am on Monday. Transfers to the airport are not included.
Pike Place Market is Seattle's center for fresh, locally produced food. Established in 1907 to connect citizens and farmers, the Market continues its "Meet the Producer" tradition with a year-round farmers market and locally owned bakeries, seafood, dairy and butcher shops. A nine-acre historic district, the Market features one of the largest craft markets in the country, featuring local, handcrafted goods. The Market is home to more than 200 independent small businesses.
Club Getaway Holiday Weekend
Date: Wed(pm) July 3 to Sunday, July 7
Where: 1.5hrs from NYC
Early Bird Price: $615 (Savings of $50 from CG Website)-till June 7
Base Price: $640 (Savings of $25)
Put down a $100 deposit to reserve your spot!
All taxes/service fees
Zirkel The World representative
All breakfast(4), lunches(4), snacks, and dinner(4)
Wine and beer at dinners
Air-con cabin with 3 other roommates (same gender)
ALL activities: guided hikes, biking, water skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding, wine tasting, rock climbing, zip-lining, trapeze, softball, tennis, archery, zumba, yoga, pilates, swimming, mountain biking, and so much more!
Nightly entertainment: Dancing, singing, and theme nights
Instructors on every activity
Not included: Transportation ($55) Round-trip in Manhattan
Alcohol not served with dinner
Want to getaway over the holiday weekend, but not "too" far away? Join us at Club Getaway to escape from the city and fill your weekend with outdoor FUN! Pack your bathing suit and sense of adventure and join us for an all-inclusive weekend of sports and fun in the great outdoors. Everything you love to do is right here waiting for you. Create new memories and meet new people!
Either meet in Manhattan on Wed evening for our bus ride to Club Getaway, or drive yourself and meet us there. Dinner will be ready for you once you arrive! You will be paired up with three others for your cabin (unless you have roommates you'd like to be paired with).
Each morning a list of activities will be posted and handed out for you to choose from. There will be so many choices, it will be difficult to choose! Along with Club Getaways regular activities (some list above), this holiday weekend there will be NEW activities added, to make your weekend even MORE FUN! Some examples are listed below:
Mud Race-You've seen it on TV, now it's your turn to try a Mudder Race! Test your strength and stamina with this adventurous obstacle course run-be prepared to get muddy!
Paddle Boarding-The new fun, easy way to play on the water!
Caving-Get prepared to get down and dirty as you descend into the Tories Cave. If spelunking has been on your bucket list...now's the chance!
Horseback Riding-Trail rides just outside the camp.
Sushi Making-Love to eat it? Now learn how to make it!
Belly Dancing-Learn how to dance with grace and sensuality in a welcoming and social atmosphere.
Cork & Brew-Experts from Cork & Brew will help you craft a unique an delicious beer.
Hopkins Vineyard Tour-Learn about the winemaking process with tastings and a wine cellar tour.
Montreal Comedy Festival
"Largest international comedy festival in the world!"
Date: Thurs (pm), July 18 to Sunday, July 21
Where: Montreal Canada
Join us for a long weekend in one of Canada's most beautiful cities for the "largest international comedy festival in the world!" Just for Laughs Festival features a slew of outdoor events all free that you are sure to enjoy: live comedy, circus arts with clowns and acrobats, sideshow antics, peeps on stilts, street dancing and more.